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Snapshot of Load Changes, California (CAISO) and New York City regions (NYISO NYC): an Addendum

LCG, April 6, 2020 -- Jeremy Platt, Palo Alto has made some additional observations of impact of COVID - 19 on electricity demand using the grid operators data published by LCG. This note extends the results reported on March 27, 2020. The magnitudes of load reduction are very different due to the different sizes of these regions, but the times and scales of sharp reductions of ~ 16% are remarkably similar

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California PUC Targets Doubling Renewable Energy by 2030

LCG, March 27, 2020--The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) yesterday unanimously approved a new emissions target for its electric sector that would double California's clean energy capacity through 2030 and effectively block new natural gas-fired electric generating facilities.

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Mass. Electric Requests Cut in Default Service Rates

LCG, Sept. 19, 2001--Massachusetts Electric Co. said yesterday it has filed a request with the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy to cut its standard offer service rate to reflect the current lower cost of power it purchases on behalf of its customers on Default Service.

About a quarter of the utility's 1.2 million customers receive Default Service.

The reduction would be more than 2 cents per kilowatt-hour on the fixed price Default Service portion of residential customers' electric bills, effective November 1. If approved, the typical residential customer on fixed price Default Service using 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month will see a 15.2 percent, or $11.48, reduction in the overall monthly bill, the company said.

At present, the fixed price Default Service rate for residential customers is 9.213 cents per kilowatt-hour. A typical residential customer using 500 kilowatt-hours per month now pays about $75.60. The proposed fixed price Default Service rate for residential customers is 6.917 cents per kilowatt-hour. A typical residential customer's bill under the proposed reduced rate would be $64.12 per month.

"We are pleased that lower wholesale market prices allow us to reduce rates to our customers on Default Service beginning November 1. We are also hopeful that more market choices will be available for customers as we go forward and the power markets develop further," said Cheryl LaFleur, president and chief executive officer of the utility.

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